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Very excited to have #billfrisell and his quintet @TheCedar. Tix still avail!
Rokia Traoré graced The Cedar’s stage in 2009 on a tour behind the subdued record Tchamantché. Her live band on that tour was anything but passive, in fact that concert remains one of my all-time favorite Cedar performances because of the intense energy in the room. Rokia has made her career on breaking the traditions of west African music while still representing them in her music. It is unusual for a female musician in Mali to perform on a guitar but Rokia is a stunning player. It is the blending of guitar and Ngoni (African style banjo) on her records that make her recordings so rich.
This past year Rokia teamed up with producer extraordinaire, John Parish (known for his work with PJ Harvey, Giant Sand, Sparklehorse etc), on Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch). I’ve been waiting for a release to highlight the energy of Rokia’s band on stage and Beautiful Africa delivers. The video above features the hypnotic track "Sikey," ("Speak Openly") a song that addresses Rokia’s career choice as a musician (she is the daughter of an upper class diplomat) and the covert commentary from doubters. The last line will resonate with anyone who struggles with their path in life; "My choice comes from the heart, I’m sticking by it to the very end." (English translation of the songs of Beautiful Africa can be found here.)
Tickets for Rokia’s Monday, November 25th concert are available here.
Michael - Marketing Director, The Cedar Cultural Center
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Tomorrow night The Blind Boys of Alabama return to The Cedar with a fantastic new record, I’ll Find A Way. in tow. What is even more exciting than having 5-time Grammy winners here?…Having My Brightest Diamond open the show. Fans of the human voice will rejoice tomorrow night.
Note: This show is headed for a sellout. Advance tickets are highly recommended! HERE
This week some heavy hitters come to @TheCedar. Science! Blind Boys! Just get over here.
Our popular Cedar shirts now come in ‘New Silver’ with blue ink to commemorate our 25th anniversary season! This color is an American Apparel 100% cotton shirt and can be purchased at The Cedar the night of shows.
We still have the same design on a black American Apparel ‘Track’ shirt 50/25/25 blend with sage green ink.
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Three days @thecedar Global Roots Festival 9/24-25! Free!!!
This Friday, Sept 20th we’re thrilled to host Julia Holter’s debut performance at The Cedar. With a critically acclaimed new record in tow, Loud City, Holter takes the 1944 novella (and 1958 MGM musical), Gigiout of it’s Parisian setting and into modern day L.A.
This is a special 10:00pm performance at The Cedar. Tickets available in advance here
Keep your flash drives safely hidden, and watch out for bedroom sax solos.
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Krar Collective show is free and open to the public!
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@TheCedar - our 25th season begins!
Coming up @TheCedar! Oliver Mtukudzi FREE 25th Season Opener!!!!!!!